The twenty-nine Piggly Wiggly stores sold by the family-owned company for an unknown sales price shouldn’t result in any closures, the Christian Science Monitor reported on Sept. 14.
Twenty-two of the Piggly Wiggly stores were sold by Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. to Bi-Lo and another seven to Harris Teeter. Harris Teeter itself is in the process of being sold to Cincinnati-based Kroger Co.
All of the Piggly Wiggly stores sold are located in South Carolina and Georgia, including 11 stores in the Charleston area, where the chain is based and has been a part of the region’s landscape since 1947, when the first Piggly Wiggly store opened. Some 10 Piggly Wiggly stores will remain in the Charleston area.
A sales price for the Piggly Wiggly stores was not revealed.
Piggly Wiggly will be left with 26 corporate-owned supermarkets in South Carolina and one in coastal Georgia. Piggly Wiggly will continue to service and distribute inventory to 31 independently owned stores in the franchise, Piggly Wiggly spokesman Christopher Ibsen said.
Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co.’s president and CEO, David Schools, said employees in the affected stores will be offered job opportunities with the new owners.